UMass Boston’s baseball team opened the new J. Donald Monan, SJ Park in style on Monday, beating MIT 4-0.
Monan Park is located at neighboring Boston College High School, whose baseball team will share the new field with the Beacons. The park seats 500 and features the same field dimensions as Fenway Park.
“We’ve never had a home field and now we have one of the nicest fields in New England,” head coach Brendan Eygabroat said before the game.
The historic day began with Chancellor J. Keith Motley (above) and Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects, and Programs Charlie Titus throwing out the first pitches.
After four scoreless innings, sophomore Sal Frosceno got the Beacons on the board in the fifth inning by driving in freshman Kyle Boudrias. Freshman JT Morin threw six strikeouts in three innings of relief work, taking over from junior starter Dan Mantoni.
“This [pitching] staff is awesome,” Morin said after the game. “We come out there, we just throw strikes. Coach preached to get ahead of the batters and good things will happen.”
The Beacons leave for Florida on Wednesday to play in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The first game of their Spring Break trip is Thursday.
While the Beacons are in Florida, crews will finish Monan Park’s replica Green Monster, which was not complete for Monday’s game. An official opening celebration is planned for some time in April.
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